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As one of the most time-honored schools in Wuhan University, the School of Foreign Languages and Literature, whose history dates back to the Foreign Languages Institute when Wuhan University was founded, has developed into one with a complete set of languages in a comprehensive university in central China.

Having established and maintained a high academic statue among institutions of its kind, the School has been offering 6 undergraduate programs (including English Language & Literature, Russian Language & Literature, French Language & Literature, German Language & Literature, Japanese Language & Literature, as well as Translation and Interpreting), 8 master’s degree programs (including language & literature program of aforementioned 6 languages, Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and Master of Translation & Interpreting), and a Ph.D program for foreign languages & literature with 6 sub-discipline Ph.D programs for language & literature of aforementioned 6 languages. The School also boosts a center for postdoctoral studies of foreign languages & literature, a national key sub-discipline of French Language & Literature, a Hubei provincial key discipline of foreign languages & literature, and a featured sub-discipline of French Language & Literature.

The School enjoys tremendous faculty strength, with a 243-member full-time faculty, including 149 teachers in College English Department and 94 teachers for language majors, among which, there are 25 professors, 37 associate professors, 43 with doctorate degrees, 2 with special allowance from the State Council, 1 Luojia Professor, 3 Luojia Youth Scholars, 1 “Renowned Teacher” at the provincial level and 1 at the university level. More than 95% of our teachers for language majors enjoy working, studying or visiting experiences oversees, and many of them have been awarded for teaching or academic achievements both within and out of university. Foreign teachers are hired to lecture on a regular basis. A forum for prominent scholars home and abroad is also established. The School now boasts 1 state-level quality course, 1 provincial quality course and 4 WHU quality courses. The School has successfully bid for 1 project funded by National Natural Science Foundation, 8 by National Social Science Foundation, and 56 at provincial level, with the fund for academic projects received in the past 5 years totaling over 6 million.

The School is a key construction institution of national 985 Project and 211 Project, with a third-phase project “Research on the Cultural Mentality of Major States” of the 985 Project successfully completed, and a third-phase project “Research on the Social Transformation and Cultural Shift in the Historical Development of the World” of 211 Project under study. It boasts the Department of English Language and Literature, Department of Russian Language and Literature, Department of French Language and Literature, Department of German Language and Literature, Department of Japanese Language and Literature, Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies, and College English Department, as well as research institutes and centers including the Research Institute of Foreign Language and Application, Institute of Foreign Literatures and Culture, Research Center of Russia and Ukraine, Research Center of French Issues, Research Center of Translation and Comparative Culture, WHU Research Center of Contemporary Western Cultures, and the Research Center of French-speaking Countries, etc., along with the WHU-Ohio State University Center of American Culture. The Research Center of France is a state-level key research base under the Ministry of Education. The School is an annual host to 2-3 large international or domestic symposiums, and provides interpreting and translation services to various large international symposiums held in China, with its interpreter team complimented by people from all walks of life.      

The school is committed to deepening educational reforms, strengthening educational management and improving teaching quality, as a result, multiple awards have been secured. It attaches special importance to the improvement of the comprehensive quality of students through exchange programs with foreign institutions of higher learning and social practices. The School has a study body of over 1200, with nearly 900 undergraduates and over 300 graduates. Our students frequently win awards in foreign language contests of various sorts both in and out of university, and the passing rate of language proficiency examinations is maintained at over 90%.With a steady employment rate of 95%, most graduates are recruited and well received by national ministries and commissions, colleges and universities, research institutes, foreign-funded enterprises, large state owned enterprises and public institutions.

The School has already established academic relations with universities or institutes in various countries including the United States, the Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and Japan, etc., as well as in regions including Hong Kong, Macaw and Taiwan. Many renowned foreign scholars are invited to lecture or engage in teaching and academic research every year. Moreover, the School has developed exchange programs with over ten universities in countries including the United States, the Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and Japan, with hundreds of students pursuing their education in places around the world annually.

While being committed to the development of teaching practices and academic research, the School is active in its social engagements by taking advantage of its professional strength. In recent years, the School has been cooperating with various local vocational schools in its undergraduate program for English, and offering short-term language trainings for more than ten government departments and companies, as well as language training programs in English, Japanese, German, French and Spanish for people from all walks of life, with the total amount of trainees estimated at over 6000. The School is well received in this regard.

The School Building, put into use in 2005, houses modern multi-media classrooms, language labs, self-learning centers, electronic reading rooms, laboratory for simultaneous interpreting, observation rooms for linguistic behaviors along with other modern teaching facilities such as a satellite system that offers TV programs in English, Russian, Japanese, German and French, etc. The School library houses books and material centers of English, French, Russian, Japanese, German, and Chinese, reading rooms for periodicals and past periodicals as well as the electronic reading room, among which, the center for French is one that enjoys the richest and complete collection of French original publications among colleges and universities in China. The total collection consists of nearly 90,000 books in English, French, Russian, Japanese, German and Chinese, covering a wide variety of disciplines including linguistics, applied linguistics, literary theory and criticism, literatures, politics, economics, history, culture, education, pedagogy and social life, etc.